Tuesday, September 27, 2011

International Training Weekend

The International Training Weekend, part of the Isle of Man Sea Kayak Symposium Week, saw 56 paddlers each day ranging from Improver to Advanced, enjoying the spectacular weather (thanks Will for the group pic)
With guest coaches and students from the U.S. Finland, Estonia, Netherlands and all over the UK (as well as local kayakers from the Island) it was a truly International Event!
I wanted to say thanks for a fantastic weekend! I learnt loads, great advise from your visiting coaches and had a really great time putting in into practice. The surfing on Saturday was absolutely awesome! Hope we can do more of that again soon. Please thank everyone involved - all your staff, visiting coaches, and visitors too. A memorable weekend.
 Dear Keirron
I want to thank you so much for the opportunity to take part in this year’s exhilarating Isle of Man Sea Kayak Symposium.  Exhilarating may have been somewhat to do with the challenging weather conditions, but it would certainly not have been possible for me to tackle these conditions without the expertise of the coaches, both from home and abroad.  Surfing on Saturday was awesome and took me well beyond my usual comfort zone!  Sunday weather conditions made it challenging enough just getting to the Sound but tackling the tidal race pushed personal boundaries for me – a truly incredible experience!

The weekend has been an inspiration and it was a pleasure to meet fellow kayakers from all over the world and have the opportunity to exchange stories and ideas for future trips.  Please extend my gratitude and thanks to the coaches, both from overseas and Adventurous Experiences staff and to the visitors, who made the special journey to join us and I hope to have the pleasure of kayaking with again at some future event.

Learnt lots and still have lots to learn! J

Many, many thanks

Dates for next year

22nd & 23rd September 2012 - International Training Weekend

Including BCU 4* & 5* Training courses.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Evening at Bar George

Adventurous Experiences hosted our 'Evening at Bar George' on Thursday, and what a delightful evening it was!
The main theme of the evening was the Isle of Man Adventure Race

Champagne on arrival, a brief introduction and then two short video's set the scene;

The first included footage of adventurous experiences with us by our invited guests, sharing those experiences with everyone present. 
Hot buffet and time for drinks and chat made the evening exceptionally informative and pleasantly relaxed.
Many thanks to everyone for supporting it. Well done to the photo competition winners who received their prize vouchers as well, it really captured the atmosphere!

We have already 15 teams  pre-registered, and we anticipate the 2012 event filling before the team entry closing date, 31st March. 

ps. Adventurous Experiences are very grateful to our sponsors and supporters including Isle of Man Tourism, our marketing partners for all our Isle of Man Events.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

 A few pics from this morning's sunrise... 

Corporate Afternoon Paddle & BBQ
Last Saturday was...
...another stunning day, followed up with sumptuous food in the sun!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Youth Scholarship - TR 19.

 Great to see the team fresh back from their summer holidays : )
With just nine in total now, it looks like we have a lean keen team ready to take the challenge further!

Monday, September 19, 2011


Its all about the timing... they say : )

Sunday Sea Kayaking from Port St Mary
 Two terrific Sea Kayak trips on South Coast of the Isle of Man. Exploring the Chasms area at sea level, including the Sugarloaf Caves.
The Intermediates dropped down to the Sound main tidal Race for fun and frolics, and the occasional swim!
A vibrant training session, culminating in catching a passing eye at Dougie and Squib climbing the wall adjacent to Sugarloaf Stack on our return to Port St Mary. An amazing route!

There's always too much to do on the Island, we're spoilt for choice : )

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the training season begins

Saturday's Corporate Coasteering
 pushed personal limits around Peel Castle, with swell and rain adding a certain challenge to the session : )

"hi guys, just wanted to say thanks for a great time Saturday morning with the coasteering in the rain and all! - What an experience!! ... thanks Astrid"

"Cheers Keirron,
I think we have just about recovered! :). I just want to say a big thank you to you and the guys for a fab morning Coasteering. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We look forward to booking our next activity with you!... Aaron"

Sunday's Sea Kayak Training
The morning session split into pods of two's and three's - each led by an experienced coach, with additional coaches to give an even lower ratio, beginning the training season (Sept to May) when many of our new and existing Adventure Club members get on the water as much as possible.
 2 pics by Ian Moon from the Intermediate session in the afternoon
Given the adverse weather forecast, we selected a venue with would allow a calm, sheltered introduction, with the ability for progression into challenging waters for those who wished : )
The Improver's groups used the conditions well, and I can see we're going to have a strong group going into winter.
As the white stuff increased nicely for the Intermediate session, we practised incident scenarios in realistic situations. Positioning, rescues, various strategies for towing and rough water landing...
The day certainly made you feel alive, and even had the occasional wildlife encounter with inquisitive seals and a carefree juvenile Shag.